Beatkeeper operation – Numark Industries DM 1835X User Manual

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Channel Selection

When your mixer is first turned on the channels selected

will be 1 & 2 respectively. If you wish to track the beat of

another channel, tap on the channel select button until the

desired input is reached.

NOTE: The Beatkeeper will track the source that is

selected with the channel toggle switch.

Syncing Your Beatkeeper

When learning how to use the Beatkeeper, choose

some dance music with a hard, steady beat.

Start the music for left channel of your

B e a t k e e p e r . When the Beatkeeper has located the

beat, the BPM display will illuminate with the music's Beats

Per Minute.

You'll notice a flashing green LED every time the

Beatkeeper detects a rhythm defining instrument. The

Beatkeeper will soon flash a red LED on every beat, the

same way you would tap your foot to the beat of the music.

The Beatkeeper will display a BPM which will update every

five-seconds while scanning. As long as the beat is well-

defined the BPM number will equal the beats per minute of

the song being played. Once you see the red beat

LED flashing with the beat of the music, press

the respective Sync Lock button, and the Sync

Lock LED will illuminate.

Activating the Sync Lock tells the Beatkeeper to stop

scanning the music for a different BPM and to start tracking

the beat changes of the current BPM as you adjust the

pitch of the music. This function is manual to ensure that

the Beatkeeper is right on the beat. Once the Sync

Lock LED is on, the Beatkeeper tracks the

beats of the music and updates the BPM display

on every beat.

To unlock, simply tap the Sync Lock button once and

the Beatkeeper is back in BPM scanning mode.

After syncing an audio input, try speeding up and slowing

down the music. You'll notice that the red beat LED will

continue to flash on the downbeat, and the BPM number

will adjust itself to match the tempo of the music. This

indicates that the Beatkeeper is successfully tracking the

beat and will continue to do so throughout your mix. If you

stop the music you will notice the Beat LED will go solid and

the BPM number will remain in memory. Once the music is

restarted the Beatkeeper will remember the last tracked

rhythm pattern and pick up on the beat right away.

P L A Y the music, O B S E R V E the beat match, and

PRESS the Sync Lock Button. That's it. If you can do

that twice, you can mix with the Beatkeeper.

Beat Assist

The Beatkeeper is foolproof. The Beatkeeper can track

any music up to 199 beats per minute. The unit, however,

is set to automatically track tempos between 80-150BPM.

Of course not all music is within this range, you may need to

track the high tempos of Meringue or Salsa, or the low

tempos of R&B slow jams or Reggae. Let's face it, not all

music has hard steady beats either and sometimes you just

need the music set up yesterday For these occasions we

have the Beat Assist Button.

If the Beatkeeper is having trouble matching

the beat to the flashing red Beat LED, or if you

need to sync up Immediately, tap the Beat Assist

button 2-8 times as you hear the beat, the same

way you would tap your feet to the music.

Pressing the Beat Assist Button more than once aligns the

Beatkeeper to your taps. Notice that the Sync Lock LED

automatically illuminates, signifying that the Beatkeeper is

now locked in with the beat. Simply put, if the Beatkeeper

isn't on track, or you're in a real hurry, you need to press a

button twice instead of once.

If the Beatkeeper is synced to the correct BPM

but is aligned to the music's offbeat, tap the

Beat Assist button with the beat of the music

just once and you will have brought the Beatkeeper back

in sync.

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